Thursday, May 17th, marked the completion of my next video course for lynda.com, Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals. It will include all sorts of exciting and monumentally educational live-action introductions (replete with graphic overlays) as well as scads of screen casts in which I demonstrate how the most elemental facets of this amazing program work. Not to mention how you work with it.
For example, in Chapter 6, “Tracing an Image” (in which I explore CS6’s new Image Trace panel), I show you how to take a scanned Sharpie drawing of a half of an insect (how much more pedestrian could that be?) and turn it into the fully realized butterfly pictured below. Entirely auto-traced. And thus transformed from a murky quagmire of pixels to the resolution-independent vector-based realm of Illustrator CS6.
Even sweeter, we end up turning this drawing into a huge poster that measures 6 feet tall by 8 feet wide. And because we’re working with vectors, the result looks crystal-clear sharp, even when inspected under a loupe. Click the graphic above to see a much larger view, one that will take a few moments to load, but in time may blow your mind.
I’ll let you know a release date as soon as I know.